Martin County Commission to discuss alternative routes for All Aboard’s Brightline

The Martin County Commission this afternoon is expected to discuss a series of alternative track routes for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service. 2_rails__de__chemin_de__fer1_

In a report that will be reviewed by the commission today, county officials say a western route, that would keep the passenger rail project away from coastal homes and businesses, was not considered as part of a federal environmental review of the rail project.

“This western route would provide reductions in potential negative impacts to traffic, the marine industry, safety, environmental and cultural resources associated with the currently proposed FEC route through eastern/coastal Martin County,” county officials said in a news alert about the commission’s planned discussion.

Martin County officials have been fighting to block the rail project, which would carry passengers between Miami and Orlando with stops in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The trains would run along the Florida East Coast railway tracks.

Martin officials declared a “major victory” in the fight last month, after a federal judge denied motions to dismiss a lawsuit challenging All Aboard Florida’s ability to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for the project.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper last month found that the bonds are key to All Aboard Florida’s ability to complete the second phase of the rail line

Martin and Indian River counties filed federal lawsuits last year against the U.S. Department of Transportation challenging whether All Aboard Florida is eligible for the private activity bonds.

All Aboard Florida is an intervenor in the suit.



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